Five years ago Monocle hit the newsstands. Today it’s at the heart of a very modern media company – but also one with some old-school values. The publication has evolved from having nineteen employees to over seventy now and representation in over 100 countries. The type of work they do ranges from print to video to radio. Yes, radio. Monocle also launched a television series on Bloomberg TV. Their reach is far and wide and the content is as rich and newsworthy in its 51st issues as it was back in issue 2007 when issue No. 1 hit newsstands. Here is a film that chronicles the first five years.
MR PORTER has hit one year and to celebrate this momentous occasion, the online retailer asked ten of their designers to make them pocket squares and the end result is exceptional. There are 10 pocket squares from 10 outstanding labels — Alexander Olch, Band of Outsiders, Drake’s, Horiyoshi the Third, Jean Shop, Oliver Spencer, Our Legacy, Richard James, The Elder Statesman and YMC — and each limited to 50 pieces. Grab yours now through MR PORTER.
We’re used to seeing anniversary celebrations take place on the regular in this space but they’re usually in the three to five year range. Brands loving celebrating their annual birthdays and use it as a marketing tool ever too often. We’ve rarely been able to witness a brand hit anything beyond ten years and to see a retail shop hit twenty is downright remarkable. They’ve been blessing Stockholm with the finest since the early 90s and their collaborative effort with Stone Island may be one of their best releases to date.
This parka features a broken-in design and features a waterproof shell and an orange detachable wool lining. The engineered hood has inserts in stretch jersey at the sides and drawstring while there are two windproof pockets on the front and two diagonal pockets on the chest with jersey inlay.
This year, San Fran’s Clift Hotel is celebrating its 10 year anniversary and we were privileged enough to be invited out to check out the property and learn a thing or two in the process. San Francisco itself has a lot to offer, especially in the Union Square district of downtown where Clift is located. There’s a booming retail experience, art galleries, plenty of places to eat and the SF MOMA and piers within walking distance.
California-based Oliver Peoples has hit the big 2-5 and to celebrate, they designed a small capsule collection that’s made in Japan and available in limited numbers. The four styles include the Myriel, NDG Flip Clip, Florenz 46 and J Gold, with each piece made with the utmost care and detail. (via hb)
Italian label Gucci celebrates their 90th anniversary with the release of their “1921 Collection”. The capsule collection utilizes calf leather and suede for a majority of its pieces and features handmade goods including loafers, jackets and accessories such as belts, wallets and bags. These pieces feature a unique finish which pays homage to Gucci’s trademark as a leather goods manufacturer.
Simon Spurr celebrates its 5 year anniversary with a pair of limited edition jeans. The designer decided to go with a broken-in, washed effect, something we’re seeing a lot of on the streets. They feature a zip fly and brass buttons and rivets and are finished off with yellow stitching.
During Berlin Fashion Week, Firmament — the city’s premiere high street menswear retailer — will be celebrating their 5-year anniversary and to mark this occasion, the shop will be hosting a 5-day extravaganza that’s set to last through this season’s BFW from July 5th to July 9th.
The folks over at NOWNESS recently took a trip over to the Northhampton workshop of British shoemaker John Lobb as they are in the midst of celebrating their 150th anniversary. The brand’s client list is infamous to say the least as they’ve got everyone from Frank Sinatra to Prince Charles under their belt. The process of making a John Lobb shoe involved over 190 steps and the shots below give us a look at some of the procedure.
For the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, Leica has steered away from their usual matte black finishes and brought to light this 24 carat gold-plated MP instead. The run is set to exclusive as only 60 will be made, each given a year between 1949 and 2009. Encased in red calfskin, the Golden Camera will also bear an inscription of Mao Zedong’s favorite slogan and will sport a Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 lens. Of course with something so precious, you’ll also need a wooden box for safe keeping. 199,900 Chinese Yuan (~ $29,300) will get you one, but only in mainland China. If that’s too pricey, fear not as Leica’s also dropping a limited edition M8.2 and D-Lux 4 without the gaudy gold at a more reasonable price.
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